Friday, November 14, 2008


Help Bailout Texas

The NCSE has an article up about the upcoming border skirmish in Texas between the inhabitants of Reality and the natives of Fantasyland. Once again, a few Texas Rangers are needed to fight off those who would ignore the law and try to steal the most precious possession of children, a good education:

NCSE encourages anyone who is ready, willing, and able to testify in defense of the proper treatment of evolution and the nature of science to register to testify.
The article has details about how to get on the list of people to testify but you have to hurry. The board is now scheduled to consider the standards from November 19 to November 21, hearing testimony on November 19.

To get an idea of what you'd be going up against, the article also has links to the comments (in pdf format) of the six outside reviewers appointed to evaluate the standards — including three creationists, two of whom hail from outside Texas.

The curriculum panels will then have one last attempt to revise the standards during December 4-6.

After that, only the [state board of education] can revise the science standards by majority vote during their January 2009 meeting. The standards receive final adoption in March 2009 and are to be used by teachers and textbook publishers for the next ten years."
Of course, as one of the nation's largest purchasers of textbooks, this process could effect education all across the US.

A phrase we have all become used to over the last couple of months is applicable here: Texas is too big to fail.

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